(From AFP)

TOKYO–Wanted: six full-time ninjas who have a way with words and can do backward handsprings. Pay: about US$1,600 a month.

The ninjas will perform acrobatics and pose with tourists.

Central Japan’s Aichi prefecture said it is hiring full-time ninjas — the martial-arts masters and stealth special assassins of feudal times — to promote tourism in the area known for historic Nagoya castle.

Newly hired ninjas will receive a one-year contract with monthly pay of 180,000 yen (US$1,580) plus a bonus, said Satoshi Adachi of the prefectural government’s tourism promotion unit.

They will also perform acrobatics, demonstrate the use of their trademark “shuriken” — ninja star — weapons and pose for photographs with tourists, he told AFP on Friday.

A poster the prefecture created says the ideal candidates are ones who “enjoy being under the spotlight even though he or she is a secretive ninja.” Read more

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